The Mystery Beep

The Mystery Beep

Janel Laban
May 20, 2010

Moving into a new apartment can make you a bit crazy. It's tons of work and there are just so many new little things to get used to that were second nature in your old place - learning how the new washer and dryer work, how to set the oven, how to program the thermostat. Nothing too dramatic, just all unfamiliar. But I had a really goofy thing happen the other evening…

I came in with groceries, put them away and set the oven to preheat. I went down the the basement and moved the laundry from the washer to the dryer and put a second load of clothes into the washer and hit "start".

Yes, a productive few minutes.

Time to check the email before getting dinner started. Just as I sat down at my computer, I heard a "beep, beep". It didn't keep going - just a few beeps and then silence. I successfully (naughtily) ignored it.

A few minutes later, the same series of beeps. This time I thought, Oh! It must be the signal that the oven has reached the temperature I set it for. Jumped up, and went into the kitchen to check the oven...nope.

I shrugged and went back to the computer. Sat back down. Beep, beep.

Oh! Must be that the washer or the dryer is off balance or wants fabric softener or something. Went back down to the basement and checked both laundry machines. Nothing was out of the ordinary and while I was standing there, I heard the increasingly annoying beep, beep again, this time clearly from a distance.

Now, I RAN upstairs. Checked the oven again. Went to the front door, checked the computer area and then the cell phone charging station. I wasn't even sure what I expected to find.

Somewhat dejectedly, I gave up the clearly unfocused search and went into the kitchen to get going on the dish to put in the oven. And, as if on cue as I entered the kitchen, I heard the beep, beep loud and clear since I was right in the vicinity. It was the REFRIGERATOR beeping at me!

Unbeknownst to me, some new fangled fridges have a warning beep when the door has not closed all the way...and my new-to-me fridge is one of them. Not being familiar with the feel of the new refrigerator, I had not pushed it closed with enough "oomph" and it was open a teeny tiny bit. So, thanks to the beep, disaster was averted. My energy wasting situation was resolved and my sanity was restored.....for the moment.

Have you ever been the victim of a supposedly helpful mystery tech advance? Stymied by something unfamiliar in a new home? Let us know in the comments below so I can feel (a little) less silly...

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